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Monday 21 January 2013

Challenge 83 Belated Birthday

Before we get down to the challenge I have to sadly report that three of our team have left us due to personal commitments.
We are sorry to say goodbye to
and we wish them well in the future and would like to thank them for their fabulous contributions to the team.

However we are delighted to welcome
to the team

I am sorry to nag again but a reminder is necessary I fear to also follow our general rules for our challenges which are over there >>>>>>>> at the top of our right hand sidebar.

Because sadly we are still getting people who do not follow the rules and it is unfair on those of our entrants who do I shall be deleting those that do not follow the general or particular challenge rules.

ALSO from now on if any prize is not claimed by the Sunday before the next challenge goes live it will be forfeit. Because we are not a prize draw blog and because our Hostess works hard choosing the winner/winners we don't have the time to go back and do it all again, so any prize unclaimed by the end of the challenge after which it was announced will be lost. So you will have just under two weeks from when I make the winners post on the Monday to claim it.

Our challenge to you today is to create a card for a belated birthday, and is hosted by our lovely Kim. She had this to say about her challenge:-

As I am always notoriously late with sending my cards it seems appropriate for me to choose a Belated Birthday challenge. Any image, Stamped or Digi, will do but your card MUST include a sentiment indicating that the card is for a belated Birthday, for example - Sorry I missed it, Have a very Happy Unbirthday, Better late than never, Your birthday came, your birthday went, here's the card I should have sent!!

So see what you can come up with to amuse us, or just a straightforward belated birthday wishes will do, but remember it does need a sentiment as outlined above to qualify.

Over to our challenge  

We are sponsored for this challenge by Milk, Coffee Digital Stamps

with 5 images for our winner

Milk Coffee Stamps is a digital image shop specialising in cute and girly images. We provide high quality digital images with high resolution so you could resize at a big enough size for your project. We have many different image styles; sophisticated lady, cute girl, whimsical image, cute stuff, fairytale creature, and many other varied themes so they can fit many different crafting styles

and also by Sir Stampalot

With this set of three stamps

and also this Singlz Embossing Folder from Sizzix


Sir Stampalot is a retail shop and online website that specialises in stamps, die cutting and paper-crafting goodies.  We try to offer exceptional delivery times on your orders as well as keeping our stock fresh, new and exciting!  Our dedicated team of card makers means we have a wonderful, inspirational online card gallery with many more cards still to upload!  Sir Stampalot ships internationally as well as domestic so why not check us out if you haven’t already – www.sirstampalot.co.uk.   Happy Crafting!

Here is what the team have come up with

I made this Belated Birthday card using a lovely stamp set that I bought from our new sponsors SirStampalot.

My hare looks very sorry that he missed a birthday! I have paper pieced this gorgeous fella and the sentiment is from my Birthday Banter set.

 I used a MFT stamp set and matching die to make my type writer themed belated birthday card- fingers crossed I won't need to use it this year!


I used an embossing folder and distress inks to make a pocket card to hold a gift card.
I used some dollar stamps from my stash (sorry, don't know the company), a sentiment by Stampin' Up!, and a masculine color scheme.  I usually forget men's birthdays...oops!

For my card I have used this beautiful digi stamp called "Tiffany Fairy" from our fab sponsors Milk Coffee. I have cut out and layered up her wings for a 3D effect. My paper is from We R Memory Keepers- Love Struck stack.

Marie (Mi)
A little collection of bee-lated birthday cards. The same image from Pink Pretticoat paired up with different designer papers from Bearly Mine design. As this kind of card gets used a little too often over at my place, I thought it was best to make a little bunch of them.

Used a new stamp, some old embossing folders and my favourite distress inks for this card.

I've used an image from our sponsor - Milk Coffee - and I added the sentiment in Photoshop Elements before printing. I coloured with Promarkers, then finished with some Kate Knight paper and some Spellbinders die cuts.

I've made a clean and simple sewing themed card. Stamps, ink and card are all Stampin' Up. Embossing folder is Tim Holtz.  I've tried to emulate the look of washi tape with the embossed strips and sentiment.

I decided to make the sentiment the focal image of the card and went with a simple colour scheme. I have to admit that I struggled with this - and am not completely happy with the results - but I was determined to have a go!!

I used one of the digistamps from our sponsors for my card, but I am not totally happy with the colours as shown in the photograph - they are more subtle in real life!  I have used a couture creations embossing folder for the backing paper, and paper flowers made as a combo of bought ones from my stash, and tonic petal pair punches.

I made my card using 'Charolette Reads a Book' from Milk Coffee Stamps. After colouring her with pencil crayons, I inked the edges. My sentiment is from CTMH and my bow was made with 3 different coloured pieces of ribbon.

I used a preshaped card blank and ran it through my HappyCut with an embossing folder. I then went over it with my lovely new Panpastels, in various citrus shades. The flowers were plain white and I coloured them with the PPs and the sentiment I made on my pc.

And finally from one of our new girls

I used My Mind’s Eye ‘Mabel’ papers, digi image coloured with promarkers, Nesties for frames and a charm from my stash

Challenge 82 Create a Fairytale Scene, Winners and Top 5

Sadly Eva has left us for personal reasons and so it fell to me to pick our Winners and Top 5 for the challenge she set us last time. I hope my choices will meet with her approval.

ccm Badge WINNER

Our winners are as follows:-

For the prize from

The Stampman



No 27 Bren

and for the prize from

Di’s Digi Downloads

Di's Digi Downloads (2) copy

with her first ever blog post!

No 24 Julie Reed

and my Top 5 are as follows:-

ccm Badge TOP 5

No 1 Lindsay

No 7 Lindyloo

No 15 Natasha (aka Niili)

No 19 Judith

No 21 Scatty Jan

Would the two winners please contact me at the address over there >>>> in the sidebar. Please tell me the number of the challenge and the prize you won in the subject line of your email. You have until Sunday 3rd February to claim, after which time I am afraid the prize will be forfeit, as I do not have time to go back and pick new winners.

The winners and Top 5 please feel free to display our winner or top 5 badge.

We will be back at 12 noon with our new challenge, and look forward to seeing you all then.

Butterfly 2 Signature Lin

Monday 7 January 2013

Challenge 82 Create a Fairytale Scene

Welcome back to Crafty Cardmakers. The team and I would like to wish you all a very Happy 2013.
Our challenge for the next two weeks is for you to create a Fairytale Scene. Our hostess is Eva.

We are delighted to be sponsored for this challenge by

We are kindly sponsored for this challenge by The Stampman (and Lady of course!) who are ofering the winner a £10 voucher for their store, you can spend this online, in the shop or if you're lucky enough to see them at a show!  They have a ton of items in store, enough to tickle any crafty tastebud.

I have been drawing since a child and studied graphics at College many years ago, I now work as a Medical photographer part time but my love was always drawing. I started cardmaking about 4yrs ago when I bought my daughter a cardmaking kit which we did together, but I’m afraid I got the bug! My daughter preferred scrapbooking. I then started looking online at other blogs and this then became my passion and I loved sharing my cards with likeminded people.

I love stamping and loved finding images, but sometimes I could not find what I wanted so I started to draw myself. This then has become my second addiction and I have never looked back, I love thinking of new images, and its just fabulous to see others take them and make them into beautiful works of art. Long may it continue!

Please remember to check the rules and make sure you follow the criteria, sadly we are seeing more and more people who are not following the challenge theme. In fairness to those people who do follow the theme, and to our sponsors, in future such entries will be deleted.Please also remember to mention Crafty Cardmakers in your blog post. Mr. Linky is set to block anyone that doesn't link back to Crafty Cardmakers in their post, so if you have problems please check first that you have linked correctly.

Now over to the team for some inspiration
I used Bo Bunny DP for this fairy tale scene card, and images from Magnolia. I created my fairytale scene with mini magnolia stamp and a stamp set from Dovecraft.

I have used an unknown stamp (sorry!!) that my mum gave me ages ago and have coloured it using chalks. I thought it was perfect for the Fairytale theme. I have created the puffy clouds by colouring in with a snow marker and then heating with my heat gun!!
I've gone to my trusty Photoshop Elements to produce a landscape background. I added two fairies from Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps, and printed. To finish, I've layered and added a couple of Sizzix swirls!

I've used an image by A Day For Daisies and a sentiment from Hero Arts paired with lots of sparkle to create my fairytale scene.  This card is destined for a sister of mine who deserves to dream big

I have to admit this challenge was a bit of a head-scratcher but I got there in the end with my sleeping beauty themed card. I used a CC design stamp of a girl with and apple and then created a scene around her and added the get well sentiment.
I have made an easel card (only my 2nd one ever!) for my little princess as its almost her 10th Birthday. I have used a Magnolia stamp and the background is a digi stamp from Make It Crafty. My sentiment is computer generated.

My card is a 6" square card and I have used distress ink pads, big and juicy ink pads, stamps from my stash coloured with promarkers and Marianne dies to make this scene.

My card is made using  DCWV papers and the  image is a Stampivity stamp, the inspiration came from the story of Rapunzel.

Marie (Mi)
Here I took the chance of using two images that I have not used before, and that takes me to my childhood fairytales; Princesses and castles. The castle image is a rubberstamp from Magnolia, Sweden and the sweet princess with the dragon is a digital image from The Paper Shelter. It's all coloured with my dear markers from Letraset. Designer paper from Magnolia, Sweden and so is the dies used.

Betty Chan
I have made a pop-up card using a CC Design stamp and made a video at my blog showing how the image pop-up when the card is open, please take some time to have a look. Thanks

I have used a very cute Lili of the Valley image coloured with ProMarkers. The background is inked with distress inks to look like the sea. I have highlighted with stickles and embellished with shells cut using a Marianne die. The frame was die cut using a spellbinders die and embossed using a cuttlebug embossing folder. A pretty bow, sentiment and pearls complete this girlie card.
I don't have any 'fairytale' style stamps so I used my Silhouette to cut a 'Princess and the Frog' image. The tag base is cut from card and DP which I sponged with a little Distress Ink. Added some star gems, ribbon and an Inkadinkado sentiment. 

I created my fairytale scene using some of the lovely Magnolia stamps and DooHickey dies that I own,

Challenge 81 Inspired by Time In A Bottle, Winners and Top 5

As Kim was the one giving out the prize we asked her to pick the Winners and Top 5 and these are the choices she made 

Firstly the winner of her fabulous prize
No 3 Viv
And next the winner of 5 digital images from Milk Coffee Digital Stamps.
No 23 Joann
And now Kim's Top 5

No 1 Pinky
No 11 Lisa Jane
No 19 Oeneke
No 24 Marianne
No 25 Trudy

Congratulations to you all, please feel free to display our Winner’s badge or Top 5 badge on your blogs. Would the two winners please contact me at the address in the sidebar stating the number of the challenge, the title and which prize they have won in the subject line. The winner of the main prize (the bundle in the picture) will also need to provide me with a snail mail address so Kim can send her prize out to her.

The winners have until 20th January at lunchtime to claim their prize, after which time I am afraid the prize(s) will be forfeit. As we choose our winners, rather than having a random number thingy to pick them it's too difficult and time consuming to go back again and go through the entries to pick out new winners. Neither, sadly do we have time to chase the winners up.

Don’t forget to call back at 12 noon for our first challenge of 2013.
Butterfly 2 Signature Lin